What to Expect

If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering what to expect during the procedure. At Merrifield Smiles, we offer dental implant services led by our experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Mustafa Al-Karagholi, DDS. Here’s what you can expect during your implant procedure.

The First Step Is A Consultation

The first step in the dental implant process is a consultation with Dr. Al-Karagholi. During this appointment, he will evaluate your oral health and discuss your goals for the procedure. He may also take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to help determine the best course of action. If you have any questions or concerns, this is the time to ask.

the first step is a consultation

How It Works

Once you and Dr. Al-Karagholi have agreed on a treatment plan, the implant procedure will typically take place in two stages.


Stage 1: Implant Placement

During the first stage, Dr. Al-Karagholi will surgically place the implant into your jawbone. This implant is typically made of titanium and serves as a replacement for the tooth's natural root. After the implant is placed, a healing period is required to allow the implant to fuse with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.


Stage 2: Abutment and Crown Placement

After the implant has fully fused with your jawbone, Dr. Al-Karagholi will place an abutment, or connector, onto the implant. The abutment serves as the base for the final restoration. A custom-made crown, bridge, or denture will then be attached to the abutment, completing the restoration.

Throughout the procedure, we'll use local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. After the procedure, Dr. Al-Karagholi will provide you with detailed instructions for caring for your implants at home.

At Merrifield Smiles, we're committed to providing you with the best possible dental implant experience. With Dr. Al-Karagholi's expertise and our state-of-the-art technology, we'll help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that you can be proud of.

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